There it is, those awful five words that provoke fear, horror, and dread for any campaign operative. And the words that followed it weren't any better: Sore Throat said there would be story coming out on Monday, the day before the election, claiming that Meas had another wife and two illegitimate children living in California. I immediately ran into the office, threw Meas in the back room, and said, "You better not have another wife and two kids living in California!" He laughed and told me not to worry: it wasn't true, and this rumor had surfaced before. I'm sure Bill reassured Hillary, Eliot reassured Mrs. Spitzer, Mark Sanford — actually, I don't think Sanford was too reassuring to his wife. Luckily, this time the candidate was actually telling the truth.
September 14 — Primary Day. Despite all the odds, the lack of money, a two-percent name recognition, and a first-time candidate who was an immigrant and at times hard to understand, Sam Meas finished second. And as I look back on my six incredible weeks on the campaign trail, working with a great candidate and some wonderful people, I want to say this: hey, it wasn't my fault. It's politics . . . always blame someone else.
Lawrence "Huggy" Bergman is co-host of the Joe and Huggy radio show on WTKK. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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